first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: BSM Baltic Exchange and the digital container freight platform Freightos have unveiled an independent, audited benchmark for the global container shipping industry.On April 25, during the Singapore Maritime Week, the two organisations informed that the Freightos International Freight Index will be audited by the Baltic Exchange and republished as the Freightos Baltic Indices.The index reflects weekly spot rates for 40-foot containers based on 12 to 18 million price points collected every week on 12 main shipping trade lanes.This will also include a new headline index – the FBX Global Container Index (FBX) – a weighted average of the 12 underlying route indexes, while setting the stage for derivative financial instruments in the future.“Baltic Exchange benchmarks are already widely used as settlement mechanisms in the derivatives and physical markets for billions of dollars-worth of bulk freight transactions,” Mark Jackson, Baltic Exchange Chief Executive, said.“By offering our robust auditing methodology to the FBX, we hope to provide the framework for the container shipping industry to develop sophisticated risk management tools,” Jackson added.“This exciting endeavour means that the world’s manufacturers, distributors and retailers, and logistic services providers, will for the first time be capable of managing ocean freight rate volatility,” Freightos Founder and CEO Zvi Schreiber concluded.last_img read more

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first_imgNova Scotia’s offshore has attracted another leader in the oil and gas industry, with the confirmation of successful bids for two deepwater parcels. The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board announced today, Nov. 12, it has received successful bids from Statoil Canada Ltd. The Norwegian-based oil and gas company has committed to spending $82 million to explore two properties, which were part of the board’s 2015 Call for Bids. “We are thrilled to welcome an experienced and well-respected company like Statoil to our offshore,” said Energy Minister Michel Samson. “Statoil’s projects will build on Shell Canada and BP’s billion-dollar exploration projects, reaffirming global interest in Nova Scotia’s offshore resources.” Government has stepped up its efforts to attract investment in the offshore. In 2014 government announced a four-year commitment to spend $12 million to collect more geoscience research and market that data to oil companies around the world. A portion of this year’s research covered the parcels bid on by Statoil. “These projects will create even more economic activity for our communities and for the ocean sector service and supply chain,” said Mr. Samson. “And, if all goes well, Nova Scotians will benefit from royalties in the future from these projects.” Statoil has business operations in more than 30 countries and is a major operator in offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. The company owns interests in several exploration, development and production licences, granted by the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board. Canada has one of the strongest regulatory regimes in the world to ensure businesses that operate in Nova Scotia do so in a safe and responsible manner. The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board oversees a thorough bid process to determine exploration rights. The board can issue exploration licences to Statoil for these parcels with final approval by the federal and provincial governments. These licences provide companies with exclusivity over the area, but do not authorize any work. Future activity will require approval from the petroleum board. More information on the results of the call for bids can be found at http://www.cnsopb.ns.ca.last_img read more

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first_imgNova Scotians working to save for a down payment for their first home could soon get an interest-free loan from Housing Nova Scotia to make their dream come true. The provincial and federal governments are investing $1.3 million to fund a new one-year Down Payment Assistance Program. Joanne Bernard, Minister responsible for Housing Nova Scotia, along with MP Andy Fillmore, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, made the announcement today, April 26, in Halifax. “Saving up for a down payment remains one of the main hurdles for people who want to purchase their first home,” said Ms. Bernard. “While we continue to help our most vulnerable citizens with housing supports, we can’t forget that many modest-income families want to buy homes so they can lay down roots here in Nova Scotia. When we help families, we help strengthen our province.” “The Government of Canada is pleased to partner with the provincial government to provide a program that will benefit modest-income families and individuals in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Fillmore. “This will have a positive impact on new home owners, and contribute to building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future.” The Down Payment Assistance Program is designed to help modest-income Nova Scotians who are pre-approved for an insured mortgage from an accredited lender, but struggle to save for the required down payment because of their income. First-time homebuyers will be eligible for an interest-free loan of up to five per cent of the purchase price of a new or existing home, to a maximum price of $280,000 in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM)and $150,000 in the rest of the province. To be eligible, applicants must have a total household income of $75,000 or less. The loans will range up to $14,000 in HRM and $7,500 in other parts of the province. The amounts will vary based on the applicants’ income and the house purchase price. Eligible homebuyers will have ten years to repay the loan. Payments can be waived for the first year to allow new homeowners to adjust to any unforeseen costs. “Continuing to increase first-time homebuyers’ entry into the market is a vital piece of the homebuyer’s market cycle,” said Sherry Donovan, CEO, Canadian Home Builders’ Association of Nova Scotia. “Without first-time homebuyers, many would-be sellers will remain in their current homes because they are unable to sell. This program will be a benefit to the overall residential construction industry and Nova Scotia’s economy.” “This is welcome news for first-time homebuyers,” said Anne DaSilva, president of the Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS. “This program will stimulate real estate activities, which have a positive impact on the Nova Scotia economy.” The new initiative is cost-shared between the provincial and federal governments through the Social Infrastructure Fund agreement. It’s expected that the pilot program will help between 100 and 125 households. Applications will be available at Housing Nova Scotia’s regional offices or online housing.novascotia.ca/downpayment starting May 1.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: State Bank of India Chairman Rajnish Kumar on Thursday said the bank does not need any capital from the government. “SBI doesn’t need any capital from the government,” Kumar said after a meeting with the Finance Minister for pre-Budget consultations with bankers where capital infusion in PSU banks was discussed. In March this year, the SBI raised Rs 1,251 crore in bonds to boost its additional tier 1 capital ratio while its board has extended the deadline to raise Rs 20,000 crore till March next year. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents The additional CET1 requirement will be in addition to the capital conservation buffer. Tier 1 capital is calculated as Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital plus Additional Tier 1 (AT1) capital. In 2018-19, the government had pumped in Rs 1.6 lakh crore, the highest ever, into public sector banks, helping five lenders come out of the PCA framework and to meet regulatory and growth capital. The interim budget presented in February did not provide any allocation for recapitalisation. In February this year and in the last fiscal, the government approved and later infused Rs 48,239 crore recapitalisation plan for 12 public sector banks (PSBs), including the fraud-hit Punjab National Bank (PNB), to help them avoid and come out of the prompt corrective action (PCA) framework. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief State Bank of India’s balance sheet has been fully repaired in FY2019 even as it recorded a turnaround performance in the fourth quarter. In Q4, the country’s largest bank had reported a net profit of Rs 838 crore against a net loss of Rs 7,718 crore in the same period the previous year. It reported a substantial improvement in the asset quality, with lower fresh slippages and better recoveries. The profit in the reporting quarter came on the back of a 15 per cent year-on-year (Y-o-Y) increase in the net interest income (the difference between interest earned and interest expended) at Rs 22,954 crore and lower loan-loss provisions of Rs 17,336 crore (down 28 per cent Y-o-Y). For the full-year ended March, the bank reported a net profit of Rs 862 crore against a net loss of Rs 6,547 crore in FY18. Gross NPAs declined from 10.91 per cent of gross advances as at end-March 2018 to 7.53 per cent as at end-March 2019 and the net NPAs fell from 5.73 per cent of net advances to 3.01 per cent. The PCR improved from 66 per cent to 79 per cent. The bank said recovery in FY19 was at an all-time high of Rs 31,512 crore. Of this, Rs 13,836 crore came through the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Resolution process.last_img read more

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first_imgRappers often make big claims in their lyrics, but for Drake, they’re sometimes actually true. In Future’s “Where Ya At?” he rapped, “I’ll buy the neighbour’s house if they complain about the noise.” And this time, Drake has remained true to his word.According to real estate website Trulia, the rapper purchased his neighbour’s home in Hidden Hills, California last summer for $2.85 million. He bought his first home in the neighbourhood, a seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom mansion, for $7.7 million in 2012.Drake’s new place is a rather quaint ranch-style house with four bedrooms and five bathrooms on an acre of land. It’s a drop in the bucket for the rapper, which makes sense, since he allegedly bought the property so he’d no longer have to worry about noise complaints, after having received plenty since moving into the neighbourhood. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Facebook Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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Marrakech  – The World Bank Group and Ithmar Capital, a Moroccan Sovereign Investment Fund, signed on Wednesday in Marrakech a memorandum of understanding relating to the establishment of a Green Growth Infrastructure Facility for Africa (GGIF Africa), the first pan-African fund dedicated to green investment in the continent.GGIF will be structured as private capital fund and its objective is to attract private investors with interest in Morocco or Africa who are looking for responsible and green investment opportunities.It aims at working as a catalyst for the transition of Africa into a green economy by supporting low carbon infrastructure such as clean energy, low carbon transportation and the efficient utilization of water resources. GGIF will be sponsored by the World Bank and Ithmar Capital. This dual-sponsoring will allow the fund to benefit from the strengths of these two organisations; the World Bank with its expertise in fund establishment and policy work, and Ithmar Capital through its network of partners and experience in co-investment structuring. The announcement was made at the Finance Summit of COP22 in Marrakesh.GGIF will also include a Public Private Partnership (PPP) unit that will focus on the origination of viable projects in collaboration with Government agencies. This will result in a consolidation of PPPs in the targeted countries.The World Bank and Ithmar Capital will work in close partnership with a broad range of public and private investors, including Regional Development Banks, Sovereign Wealth Funds, and global and regional institutional investors, to increase private capital participation in green infrastructure investments across the continent. As well as leveraging private capital flows for investment in environmentally sustainable infrastructure, the GGIF will focus on reducing the risk of marginally non-bankable projects in order to render them viable. Tools will include innovative mechanisms for project preparation and capital structures.The move has already received a letter of support from the IFSWF Chair (International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds), which has just launched its first working group dedicated to climate change. read more

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The Kerawalapitiya Power Plant was completed within two years and was built by a local company at a cost of USD 309 million.Sri Lanka’s first ever Coal Power Plant “Lakvijaya” at Norochcholai was declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in March last year. “Due to the breakdown at the Lakvijeya coal power plant and the Kerawalapitiya power plant in the west coast there is a shortfall of 400 MW of electricity,” the Power and Energy Ministry said. The Power and Energy Ministry said that power cuts will be experienced in some parts of the country for two hours from tomorrow.A statement by the Ministry said that the power cuts are as a result of a breakdown at the coal power plant in Puttalam and the Kerawalapitiya thermal power plant. The final stage of the Kerawalapitiya thermal power plant was commissioned in 2010 and the combined capacity of the facility was to provide 300 MW of electricity to the national grid. The first phase of the coal power plant added 300 MW to the national grid and was to generate 17% of the national power requirement of the country.However Norochcholai has been facing several breakdowns since it was launched. read more

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Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa was transferred to the Colombo National hospital today as his condition deteriorated.Weerawansa was earlier admitted to the prison hospital following a fast launched by him. The former Minister was in remand prison over allegations he misused Government vehicles when he was a Minister.Weerawansa applied for bail but it was rejected by court. As a result he launched a fast in prison.

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“We knew the harvest would be large this year but this breaks all records,” said Henri Josserand, head of the Global Early Warning System of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which carried out a joint survey with the World Food Programme (WFP). “We are looking at a crop that will be 50 per cent larger than last year’s.”According to the report, the bumper crop of 5.37 million tons of cereals is also the result of Afghan farmers planting more wheat. The overall area planted with rainfed wheat has increased by more than 77 per cent from the previous year. A successful locust control campaign in the north of the country was also beneficial.The abundant harvest means that Afghanistan’s import requirement for the marketing year of July 2003 to June 2004 will only be about 400,000 tons, only about a quarter of last year’s needs.Despite the expected record harvest, a considerable number of Afghans will continue to face food shortages and depend on humanitarian food assistance, the agencies warned, since over two decades of civil strife and a severe drought from 1999 to 2001 have devastated the country. The agencies may purchase food aid locally if sufficient surpluses are available.“The joint FAO-WFP mission to the country shows that, despite better harvests, a timely and effective food intervention to assist the poorest of the population in helping them rebuild an asset base for their livelihood is essential” said Susana Rico, WFP country director.Chronic malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency disorders continue to be a major problem in Afghanistan; particularly hard hit are young children, women, refugees and people living in remote mountain areas. read more

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“The Secretary-General has followed closely the events in Thailand over the last few weeks and is concerned by the rising political tensions in Bangkok,” said a statement issued this evening by the UN chief’s spokesman in New York.According to the statement, Mr. Ban called on all sides to exercise the utmost restraint, refrain from the use of violence and to show full respect for the rule of law and human rights. “He notes in this regard the Government’s welcome assurances that it will continue to respect the rights of people to hold peaceful demonstrations,” the statement said, adding that the Secretary-General is nevertheless concerned by reports of Government institutions being occupied by the protesters.“The Secretary-General strongly encourages all concerned to resolve their differences through genuine dialogue and peaceful means,” the statement concludes.Media reports have cited escalating tensions in and around the Thai capital, Bangkok, as political demonstrations have gained momentum in the past few weeks, with protestors reportedly marching on Government offices. read more

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Fighting in South Sudan has turned into a horrifying humanitarian and human rights disaster with mass atrocities committed by both sides, a senior United Nations official said today, wrapping up a four-day visit to the strife-torn nation.Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonovic told reporters that the month-long conflict has now reached the threshold of an internal armed conflict, causing “untold suffering” for thousands of civilians.“Mass atrocities have been committed by both sides. During my visit, I have received reports of mass killings, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, sexual violence, the widespread destruction of property and the use of children in the conflict,” he said. “One month of conflict has set South Sudan back a decade,” he stated. “Thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands are now displaced, with some 70,000 people seeking protection in UN camps and 30,000 in the two UN compounds in Juba alone,” he added. Mr. Šimonovic said that the crisis, which started as a political one, has now taken on an inter-ethnic dimension that urgently needs to be addressed. “People on both sides are absolutely convinced that the other side is to blame, which makes the situation even more dangerous. This highlights the need for an independent fact-finding commission to establish the truth of these terrible events.” He noted that the worst affected communities are in the capital, Juba, and in communities which have changed hands several times, like those in Bentiu and Bor, leading to widespread communal violence and destruction. Mr. Šimonovic visited the town of Bentiu, Unity state, which has been the scene of heaving fighting over the past few weeks. “What I saw was a horror. Destruction and death is everywhere in Bentiu, which has now become a ghost town,” he said. “I myself saw some 15 bodies lying on a road. The extent of the looting, burning and destruction is hard to grasp for anybody who hasn’t been there.” The city of Bor in Jonglei state, which he also visited, was a “ghost town,” with all the civilians having fled, he added.In Juba, Bor and Bentiu, Mr. Šimonovic met senior Government officials, anti-Government forces, armed groups, UN officials, the diplomatic community and a wide range of civil society actors, including traditional and community leaders. He also met displaced people and victims of the fighting. “Accountability is key,” the official stressed. “An independent and impartial fact-finding commission should be established as quickly as possible. Those who committed these terrible crimes, who ordered them or those who did nothing to prevent them while they were in a position to do so, all these people should be held accountable without delay,” he said. “I made this very clear to military leaders on both sides.” He lauded the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) for playing a key role in protecting civilians over the past few weeks. “If UNMISS had not opened their gates to protect civilians fleeing the violence, there is no doubt that killings on an even larger scale would have happened. Their impartial presence is also of great importance to help preventing further atrocities from being committed and for the protection of civilians.”Mr. Šimonovic is slated to brief Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council upon his return to New York. In addition, a report on human rights violations committed in South Sudan after 15 December will be issued within the coming weeks. read more

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Former OSU guard D’Angelo Russell (0) brings the back up the floor during a game against Wisconsin on March 8 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 72-48. Credit: Lantern file photoJust nine days after the conclusion of the 2014-15 NBA season, the offseason is set to officially begin Thursday night with the NBA draft.Ohio State basketball may not be as premier of a program as the likes of Duke, North Carolina or Kentucky, but even without a NCAA basketball championship since 1960, OSU has fared pretty well recently with hearing its name announced as the college its former players attended after a pick is selected.Since 2007, OSU has had nine players selected to the NBA. A few notable names selected in the first round are Greg Oden, Mike Conley Jr., Evan Turner and Jared Sullinger.Thursday night, D’Angelo Russell is projected to be a top five selection, and most likely the first guard off the draft board. The order of the top five selections as of now (subject to change via trade):Minnesota TimberwolvesLos Angeles LakersPhiladelphia 76ersNew York KnicksOrlando MagicAll five of these teams would love to add Russell’s smooth perimeter play to their franchises. The Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic seem to be the least likely to select Russell in their current draft slots.The Timberwolves may have found their two future guards from last year’s draft class with their own selection of the athletic Zach LaVine and trading for the reigning rookie of the year and first overall pick, Andrew Wiggins, before the season began. The Timberwolves not only have those two, but they also signed point guard Ricky Rubio to a four-year, $55 million contract extension. Minnesota will most likely use the pick on center Karl-Anthony Towns in the hopes that he will give them a post presence for years to come.Russell falling to the Magic’s fifth pick seems very unlikely after having taken a couple of backcourt playmakers in Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton, respectively, in consecutive drafts. Look for the Magic to go with a big man, trade back out of the pick or take a much-needed shooter, which they are lacking with Payton, Oladipo and the fourth selection last year in Aaron Gordon.It seems likely that Russell will be wearing a 76ers, Knicks or Lakers jersey in his rookie season. All three places would be great fits, but each offer different opportunities early in his career. In Los Angeles, he would have a chance to learn from the legendary Kobe Bryant in the final stage of his career. In New York, Russell would be inserted into Phil Jackson’s famous triangle offense and would play alongside Carmelo Anthony. In Philadelphia, Russell would be given the reins to the team pretty early on, but the team has some health questions surrounding one of their two young big men, Joel Embiid, last year’s third overall pick.If not one of these teams, look for the Sacramento Kings to possibly strike a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers in a trade centering on DeMarcus Cousins and the second overall pick.Expect Jahlil Okafor, Kristaps Porzingis and Russell to go in any order from selections two through four.Russell had a splendid freshman campaign for the Scarlet and Gray. Russell put up averages of 19.3 points per game, 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists. As with every prospect, each player has both strengths and weaknesses entering the draft.StrengthsNBA teams will love his 6-foot-5 frame combined with his high basketball IQ. Being able to play either guard position, his size and IQ allows him to take smaller guards into the post, shoot right over top of them or see plays develop over the top of defenders on the perimeter. Russell will be able to contribute on the boards as a guard, which he did in college as well.The main thing I saw from Russell’s lone college season was how open he made the floor feel. In transition and in the half-court, he played in his own smooth style while either scoring or facilitating to an open teammate. The most impressive part to this was that the floor was never truly open. Every team’s game plan was to have anyone else but Russell beat them from the three-point line. Due to OSU’s lack of outside shooting, the lane was condensed, but Russell never made it feel that way. In the NBA, he will have more space with better shooters surrounding him and a three-point line a couple of feet deeper.With all that said, we know the true reason why he is consensus top five pick: his ability to score. He can score by creating his own shot with his ball handling, off the ball spotting-up at the three-point line, getting all the way to the hoop and finishing, drawing fouls or playing in the post. Russell’s could make a living with his one-to-two-dribble pull-up jump shot.His scoring rarely took away from his passing instincts. He always saw plays developing in both the half court and in transition. Driving down the lane, he always had the mind to perfectly drop off a pass for an easier shot or throw up a lob to the high-flying Sam Thompson.WeaknessesOne glaring weakness I saw of Russell on the offensive end was his off hand. Near the basket he seemed to always adjust to finish on the left side of the rim. Also, he would always try to beat his initial defender with his left hand. If he were unable to do this, he would only take one or two dribbles with his right hand and not seem determined to get to the basket. Most of the time when he went right he ended up taking one or two dribbles and shooting a jumper or trying to get it back to his left hand and passing it off to a teammate if he were unsuccessful. At the NBA level, teams will be able to take advantage of this in their game plans.Two adjustments every guard must make in the transition to the NBA is the extended three-point line and finishing over 7-footers. At times, Russell settled for too many threes when you felt he needed to take it to the basket and draw a foul. I am not sure how consistent his three-point jumper will be early on from NBA three-point range, but I expect him to improve throughout his career. He has not played against many true 7-footers in his career, so he will need a floater in the lane and be able to finish with both hands. Also, learning to draw a foul is just as good, where he is exceptional at the free-throw line.Russell is a good athlete, but not an elite one. He is not as agile nor as explosive finishing around the rim as many current NBA backcourt players are. His size can make up for some of this by still being able to contest some shots even after a player creates some space. I expect him to mainly defend the opposing team’s 2-guard as he may not be quick enough to defend some of the point guards in this league, while having the necessary size to guard an NBA shooting guard.Player ComparisonI have never been a big fan of player comparisons, but two current NBA players came to mind when thinking about D’Angelo Russell: Manu Ginobili and James Harden. No, not just because all three are left-handed; both players are not great athletes but can attack in numerous ways on the offensive end. I do think Russell will have a better career playing off the ball most of the time. He will also be a backup ball handler when the starting point guard is on the bench, similarly to these two players.Ginobili has always been one of my favorite players with his ability to create plays attacking for himself and teammates.Harden has a deadly mid-range game by using his elite ball handling to create those shots. Russell might not have nearly the same build as Harden, but Russell can learn from Harden on creative ways to draw fouls once he reaches the paint.At the NBA draft combine, Russell displayed some of the confidence he has of himself to the media. Russell stated, “I am the best player in the draft.” That sounds similar to how he composes himself while on the court, always believing there is no better player on the floor. 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first_img“Extending its leadership in the heavy-duty, earthmoving tyre segment”, Bridgestone Americas recently announced the opening of its first giant off road radial tyre plant. Based in Aiken County, South Carolina, the 1.5 million square foot manufacturing facility produces various off road radial tyre products used to equip heavy haul trucks in mining and aggregates applications. The company stated: “A leader in off road radial tyre technology, the new off road radial tyre plant strengthens Bridgestone’s ability to meet the needs of its global customer base in this key segment.”Kazuhisa Nishigai, COO and Board Member of Bridgestone Corporation, and Gary Garfield, President and CEO of Bridgestone Americas, were joined at a grand opening ceremony by South Carolina State Senator Nikki Setzler; South Carolina State Representative Bill Clyburn; South Carolina State Representative Bill Hixon; South Carolina State Representative Bill Taylor; Aiken County Council Chairman Ronnie Young; and Aiken, Edgefield and Saluda Counties Economic Development Partnership President & CEO Will Williams.“Bridgestone has made significant investments in technology and training to ensure we are producing the world’s leading off road radial tyres in North America,” said Nishigai. “We remain highly committed to our mining customers around the globe and will continue to make the right investments for this important segment of our business.” In 2011, Bridgestone announced a planned $970 million investment to build the company’s first US-based off road radial tyre plant, as well as expand production capacity at Bridgestone’s steel cord manufacturing facilities in Clarksville, Tennessee, and Saga, Japan. The opening of Bridgestone’s new Aiken County Off Road Radial Tyre Plant completes the largest portion of this planned investment. The Clarksville and Saga locations are suppliers of the Aiken County Off Road Radial Tyre Plant, as steel cord is a key component used to build large and ultra-large off road radial tyres.“Engineering large and ultra-large mining tyres is a highly technical process, and Bridgestone has a long tradition of being a leader in bringing these tyres to market. The opening of a new off road radial tyre plant in South Carolina is a strategic business decision that will give Bridgestone the capacity to build these tyres domestically and improve our supply systems globally,” continued Garfield. “Long term, the mining segment will grow, and we are now better-positioned to respond more quickly, efficiently and reliably to the needs of our customers.”Bridgestone’s Off Road Radial Tyre Plant is the second tyre manufacturing plant Bridgestone has built in Aiken County, South Carolina. The company has operated a passenger tyre facility in Graniteville since 1998. Approximately 350 people now work at the new Aiken County Off Road Radial Tyre Plant, and Bridgestone expects to create an additional 200 positions when the location reaches full production in the next two to three years. At present, there are approximately 2,000 people working at Bridgestone’s two tyre plants in Aiken County.“South Carolina and Bridgestone have a long and successful history of working together, and we are excited to celebrate this next chapter in our growing partnership,” said Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina. “Bridgestone is a great South Carolina company, employing thousands of our citizens and playing an active and positive role in their local community. We look forward to seeing the new ORR plant reach full production and bring even more jobs to Aiken County.” The new Aiken County Off Road Radial Tyre Plant was constructed with many sustainable features and materials in alignment with Bridgestone’s global commitment to the environment. The plant is built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver construction specifications. In addition, sustainable and advanced technologies from Firestone Building Products, a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas, were used throughout the facility. The new plant relies on UltraPly TPO roofing, ISO 95+ insulation, UnaFoam Insulated Metal Wall Panels, pavers and geomembrane for retention ponds and water harvesting areas.last_img read more

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first_imgIT IS PROBABLY the only time that Pope Francis and Miley Cyrus will be in direct competition for an award.TIME Magazine will this morning reveal who its Person of the Year is this morning – and competition among the final ten contenders is fierce.Whistleblower Edward Snowden, Pope Francis, and Syrian president Bashar Assad have all made the shortlist, along with singer Miley Cyrus and US president Barack Obama.Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the only businessperson to make the list, alongide Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and gay rights activist Edith Windsor.Two other US politicians – Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services – round out the ten.The award was given out for the first time in 1927 and is given to the person who the magazine’s editors think most influenced the news this year, for good or bad.The magazine has a history of making esoteric choices. The Protester won in 2011 while You won in 2006 (congratulations, by the way).  Other winners through the decades include Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin (who won twice), Ayatollah Khomeini, Henry Kissinger and Newt Gingrich.Last year’s winner was US President Barack Obama, who had also previously won in 2008. Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai was named as the runner-up.Readers of TIME last week chose Egypt’s General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi as their Person of the Year.Who do you think the award should go to? Let us know in the comments. Read: Sorry, Enda: Barack obama named TIME’s Person of the Year > Read: Time Magazine’s Person of the Year is… The Protester >last_img read more

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first_img 25,824 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 21 Mar 2017, 9:57 PM http://jrnl.ie/3299962 Global oil prices soar amid fears Saudi attack won’t be the last one Here are the new updates Apple announced this morning Apple just announced a load of new products today. Hong Kong’s leading pro-democracy activist is urging US lawmakers to stop exporting tear gas made in Pennsylvania to Hong Kong police Australian intelligence reportedly concluded that China was responsible for a major hack on Australia’s parliament in the lead up to its most recent elections Share11 Tweet Email2 center_img 19 Comments Source: AppleThe RED special edition of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus only comes in the 128GB and 256GB options, not the 64GB option.Apart from the colour change, it’s still the same iPhone 7.With each purchase of an iPhone 7 RED, Apple contributes to the (RED) HIV/AIDS programme.Improvements to the iPhone SE Source: AppleApple is ditching the 16GB and 64GB models of the iPhone SE, and replacing them with 32GB and 128GB options.The cheapest iPhone SE model still costs €370, while the higher-end version has gone from €415 back to its original price of €460.A new app called ClipsApple’s newest app is called Clips, and it’s a mix of Snapchat and iMovie. It lets you create photos or short videos – or import them from your Photos app – to add special filters and effects before sharing them to your favorite social network.New Apple watches Source: AppleApple introduced a handful of new Apple Watch bands so customers can further customize their watches. The new options include a new striped woven nylon, Nike Sport, and Apple Watch Hermès bands.New iPhone casesApple introduced six new colors of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cases. The new color options for the silicone models include Azure, Camellia, and Pebble.For the leather options, the new colors include Berry, Taupe, and Sapphire.- Rob Price and Antonio Villas-BoasRead: Apple is changing the iPhone’s charging port againRead: How much has Ireland’s Apple tax appeal cost so far? €1.8m and counting Short URL Trump says US is ‘locked and loaded’ in response to attack on Saudi oil supply Mar 21st 2017, 9:57 PM APPLE ANNOUNCED A load of new products today.From iPhones to new iPads, the Californian tech company unveiled updates, refreshes, and accessories for many of its product lines.Apple didn’t hold a media big event to coincide with the announcements either. Instead, it just pre-briefed a few media outlets and dumped the updates on its website.Business Insider rounded up all the key announcements Apple made today:New iPads Source: AppleApple updated and simplified its iPad line today: Now, you can either get an iPad Mini, the new 9.7-inch iPad, or the iPad Pro in 9.7-inch or 12.9-inch varieties.The new 9.7-inch iPad is actually a bit thicker than the iPad Air 2 – its case is about the size of the original iPad Air – but it has a much cheaper price tag, starting at around €305 for 32GB of storage.That tablet is powered by Apple’s fast A9 chip – the same one that’s in the iPhone 6s – but it lacks the special screen on the iPad Pro, including its True Tone display and wide color display.It also doesn’t come with the iPad Pro’s stereo speakers.Special Edition iPhone 7 (RED) By Business Insiderlast_img read more

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first_imgThe comics world has been shaking up lately. Higher-ups in companies moving on, new people taking over, and new publishers popping up. The latest comics publisher to enter the fray is Waxwork Comics. While they may be fairly new to comics, they have a long history of putting out premium horror soundtracks under Waxwork Records. If you haven’t guessed it yet, Waxwork Comics is going to focus on horror genre comics. The debut full-length story title, Poser, is out today with issue #1. I got a chance to check it out so I can tell you all how this new comics publisher is shaping up.Poser is a creator-owned slasher comic by music and horror comics veteran Matt Miner, artist Clay McCormack, colorist Doug Garbark, letterer Taylor Esposito, and Hannah Means-Shannon editing. The story takes place in Redondo Beach, CA where decades ago a man brutally murders some punks on the beach. A resulting alteration with those punks’ friends results in them dispatching the killer, but his body is never found. We cut to the present to the still vibrant punk scene in Redondo Beach where it seems that the killer is back, or perhaps a copycat killer. I’m going to start with the writing. Matt Miner approaches this story with a high level of authenticity. The man has clearly been a horror junky and a part of the punk scene for a long time. Reading Poser feels like you’re dealing with Freddy in the dream world; he’s a master of his domain. The beat of this issue plays out like the first twenty minutes of a slasher flick in a way that I’ve rarely seen the comics medium accomplish. It’s also filled with tender moments between characters, friends being dicks to each other, and all with real bands and real songs in the background to really suck you in. It’s so easy to get sucked out of a story when you see knock-off bands, songs, and posters. That is not a problem here. Clay McCormack is the perfect artist for this book. He has the slasher mood down pat and uses his inking skills to masterfully dictate the story. Combined with Doug Garbark on colors, the two set up a genuinely creepy mood right from the start with the flashback, then switch things up in the middle giving it a lighter tone as we get to know our principle characters before the darkness creeps back up in the story.Letterer Taylor Esposito brings his A game to this book as always. He seamlessly tackles the panels that get crammed with words here, which does pop up a few times, and he handles changing things up to show music playing, shouting, and other effects in a way that always enhances and never slows down the story. He’s pretty much this generation’s John Workman and elevates any book he’s attached to.What’s really most important about this comic is it honestly feels like a legit slasher film in comic form. What helps add to that is each copy comes with a 7” EP soundtrack by Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust. While only the first issue is out, I’m already hoping this book gets optioned. Though I will say, my biggest critique is that there was no reference to the Patti Smith song “Redondo Beach.” I mean, the story is begging for it!I can’t recommend Poser enough. It’s everything a horror comic should be. I’ve been reading Matt Miner’s writing for years and this is easily one of the best comics he’s put out. If you’re a fan of slashers, you don’t want to miss this. Poser #1 is available to order March 9th through Waxwork Comics. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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MDX flashes warnings to off road vehicles just before MLK weekend

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Many South Florida highways are displaying words of warning in light of the upcoming three-day holiday weekend.Signs above State Roads 836 and 112, as well as over Interstate 95, now say, “Off road vehicles prohibited on public roadways.”This comes after authorities announced they will strictly enforce the law on any ATV or dirt bike riders on the roads during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.Every MLK weekend for the past two years, ATV and dirt bike riders have taken over major highways as part of an unofficial rally organized via social media called “Wheels up, Guns down.”Police said the movement has led to chaos and lawlessness.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_imgMay 24, 2011 Listen Now Mobile-Wary: Securitymetrics’ Gary Glover.Photo© Matthew TurleyThe first way to answer this question is with another question: How badly do you need to use a mobile phone point-of-sale app right now?Most of the mobile POS apps released by companies like VeriFone, Square and others in the last 18 months employ a card swiper accessory that connects to a smartphone, though some may require a merchant to input customer credit card information using the phone keypad. The potential benefits: You unchain yourself from the cash register and the equipment and connectivity costs associated with a fixed, dedicated POS solution.But Gary Glover, director of security assessment at auditing firm SecurityMetrics, says that for now, the apps carry risks for small-business adopters.The new mobile apps should not be confused with other wireless POS systems, Glover says. These older systems–the kind that allow you to pay at the table at a restaurant, transmit credit card info over a dedicated Wi-Fi connection–do not have general internet access or share their connections with other devices. Mobile POS apps can be downloaded to any smartphone and use the same OS as other apps without firewall protection on a device that’s always connected to the internet.”The back end [the swiper] may be secure, but it’s the phone part of the app I’m not so sure about,” Glover says. Adding to the uncertainty, the PCI Security Standards Council suspended its certification of mobile POS apps last November to further study them and ensure enough security protections exist.”Until I know what controls are in place, I don’t know if I want to use an app from an unknown–though maybe from someone like VeriFone that is established,” Glover says.If your business depends on using mobile POS right now, Glover advises the following:Stick with experienced POS vendors with trustworthy reputations.Stay tuned to what the PCI council does to develop a vetting process, and do your own due diligence to evaluate apps.Consider putting the app on a controlled set of phones–don’t just allow your employees to use it on their personal phones.If you’re operating a storefront business, you may want to stay with private, dedicated Wi-Fi POS device for now.Mobile phone POS apps should not be dismissed, Glover says, and could in fact trigger a major shift in how merchants get paid. In particular, the app from Square (a company co-founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey) could shake up traditional payment processing because, like PayPal, it can turn anyone into a payment-processing merchant.”It’s a brilliant, revolutionary idea,” Glover says. “In the long run this is the way the world is going.”  Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer 3 min read This story appears in the June 2011 issue of . Subscribe »last_img read more

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Kid gets new home after mommy dies

first_imgAn adorable female ‘kid’ goat was taken to the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) this morning (November 22) after its mother was hit and killed by a vehicle.A farmer who lives in Glencoe noticed the dead goat on the road and the young goat standing next to it. He stopped his vehicle to see if the kid was okay.Police also stopped and he asked them if he could take the goat back to his farm. The officers said it was fine.The farmer brought it to the AACL and will pick it up after he is done with his work in the area.Annamarie Koen immediately fed the young animal and enjoyed playing with it.The farmer will return this afternoon to pick up the goat and take it to his farm, where he will look after it. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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first_imgNews | September 20, 2010 New Ultrasound Needle Can Help Reduce Radiation Dose News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more September 20, 2010 — The new EchoTuohy needle for ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia can help reduce radiation exposure.Last month, Havel’s released four new echogenic needles using its new Micro Laser Etching (MLE) technology, which creates multiple angled surfaces to reflect sound waves back to the transducer, even at steep insertion angles. The new Echogenic EchoTuohy epidural needle will be used for ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks, epidural catheter placement and epidural steroid injections. As ultrasound image quality continues to improve, many practitioners are looking for ways to avoid radiation exposure for themselves and their patients. The portability of ultrasound units, the expense of big fluoroscopy equipment and the growth of pain management are all reasons why people are turning to ultrasound-guided procedures.Havel’s does something similar with its EchoStim and EchoBlock products using its patented Corner Cube Reflectors or CCR marks, which indent the needle slightly, making it impossible to pass wires or catheters through the cannula. With the MLE technology, users are free to pass wires or catheters through the cannula without obstruction.   FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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